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monday. >> wow. thank you so much for joining us. nbc nightly news is coming up next. on this saturday night, the deadly storms that just keep pounding parts of texas. with dramatic rescues after days of record rains, tens of millions facing severe weather this holiday weekend as tropical storm bonnie sets its sights on beach goers in the east. doomed flights and cameras rolling as a vintage world war ii plane crashes into the hudson river killing the pilot. tonight the latest on what may have gone wrong. senseless shootings children dying when guns at home get into their hands. and now parents facing criminal charges if they don't store their weapons properly. an important new use for drones, getting medical supplies to those whose lives may depend on them. and cops and
donuts once just a punch line and now a fit as officers step in to prevent a local bakery from going bust. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." reporting tonight, thomas roberts. good evening. some 39 million people in a dozen states are at risk of severe weather and flooding this memorial day weekend. floods have claimed three lives in texas. that state bracing for even more potential thunderstorms over the next 48 hours. all of this as the east coast braces for the impact of newly-named tropical storm bonnie with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. we begin with janet shamlian outside of houston in texas. >> reporter: lightning strikes across southeast texas and days of torrential rain, triggering flash flooding and heroics like this, police officers brave rising waters to save a woman from her sinking car. no holiday for homeowners like
jennifer clark and daughter raylynn who could leave their house only by boat. >> we are surrounded by water. >> reporter: so are many as creeks spilled over the banks. the sheriff's department has had plenty of practice performing these type of rescues. it was just last month that the houston area saw historic flooding. >> i've lived outside of of cypress for 38 years. it's never been like this. >> reporter: more than 50 children had to spend the night with teachers in the elementary school due to floodwaters. parents were able to pick them up today. >> it took the toll on everybody in the community. >> reporter: severe storms and heavy rain tore through wichita kansas where an 11-year-old boy is missing after fall into a fast-moving creek and debris swept through another town. >> i looked at my husband in panic and i turned and you could
see debrees going like this in the air. >> reporter: tonight in texas, heartbreak for the family of darin mitchell who hasn't been seen since a haunting facebook post from inside of his submerged truck. the 21-year-old writing, all i wanted to do was go home. and the toll is rising tonight. three are now dead, four missing and dozens of rescues. and while some of the hardest hit areas could see more rain, here the water is receding, meaning on this holiday weekend many will be doing the work of clean-up. thomas, back to you. >> rough 48 hours ahead. janet, thanks so much. the threat of severe weather is far from over with a newly-named tropical storm churning in the atlantic. and despite the official start to the 2016 hurricane season still four days away. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel is following it for us in myrtle beach, south carolina. mike, good evening. >> reporter: hi, thomas. we won't see the kind of rain that janet showed us in texas but rain is one of the impacts of bonnie moving on shore
tomorrow morning. one of them is behind we expect little additional strengthening. right now winds are maximum sustained winds at 40 miles per hour. because it's moving slowly across the eastern carolinas, the rainfall is going to add up, local amount of 1 to 3 inches. and those of you in the northeast where it was hot today, boston, a record high of 92, the clouds and rain are going to roll up the coast. in boston, colder on memorial day. some of the clouds and rain you see here will be part of the forecast tomorrow, memorial day up the coast and that will knock back the temperatures and send a lot of folks back into their hotel rooms by memorial day. >> not the perfect
weekend that so many were hoping for this unofficial start of summer. mike seidel, thank you, sir. a lot of concern about airport security delays as the long holiday weekend began. so take a look at this. the scene at denver international airport as a huge crowd waited for clearance through security. but at other airports, including l.a.x., there were few delays reported. and as we've been reporting, the tsa is facing criticism for weeks over long waits endured by passengers at certain airports. tonight it remains a mystery why a vintage plane from world war ii plunged into the hudson river between new york and new jersey killing the pilot. today nearly 24 hours after the crash the plane was pulled from the water which might provide investigators with critical clues as to why it fell out of the sky. here is morgan radford with the latest. >> reporter: it happened in an instant. caught on camera, a pilot preparing for a memorial day airshow crashed as bystanders watched in horror. >> we happened to see a trail of smoke go right for the water. that's when i knew it was a plane crash.
>> and we saw it crash into the water and disappear. >> reporter: the 56-year-old pilot bill gordon sent a distress signal indicating a possible mechanical failure before diving nose first into the river. police spent hours trying to find him and today lifting his plane from the water and transferring it to a nearby dock to be inspected. this small vintage world war ii plane was first brought into service in 1942 and now surrounded by authorities police are looking for clues they can find. the plane is largely still intact, its wings slightly bent and police say they did have to pull the pilot's body from the cockpit. gordon, a veteran pilot from key west, pictured in the doomed aircraft, was taking promotional pictures for the best page airshow. his plane going down miles from the miracle on the hudson where a u.s. airways flight landed on the river in 2009 and everyone survived. back on long island today, gordon was remembered as a
consummate proffesional. >> bill joined us two years ago as one of our pilots and quickly mastered multiple aircraft in our collection and the collection and the p-4 he was flying yesterday over the hudson. >> reporter: today his fellow pilots honoring his memory on memorial day weekend. only a handful of these vintage p-47 planes still survive today and officials say this airshow will continue as planned this weekend. meanwhile federal aviation authorities are still scouring the wreckage trying to figure out what went wrong. thomas. >> morgan, thank you. it was a chaotic scene late last night in san diego where several dozen people were arrested outside of a donald trump rally. while inside the candidate went on a new attack against a federal judge involved in a lawsuit against him. we get more tonight from katy tur. >> reporter: clashes on the streets of san diego. police pushing back protesters. several thousand turning into a couple dozen holdouts yesterday, looking for a fight.
>> he said that mexicans are rapists and criminals and that is not true. >> reporter: inside the convention center, donald trump supporters whipped up on immigration. >> my son eric was murdered by an illegal invader and he is still driving and he will get your child next. >> reporter: 20 minutes from mexico, this is the closest trump has been to the border since last july. >> we're going to build a wall. >> reporter: trump promising not a hand jut but a hand up -- >> we're going to take care of the hispanics, we're going to get jobs. >> reporter: -- before ridiculing a federal judge. >> the judge, who happens to be mexican, which is fine. >> reporter: claiming the california judge overseeing the lawsuit over trump university is biased. >> so we should have won. i'm being railroaded. they ought to look into the judge. because what he is doing is a total disgrace. >> reporter: california is central to the general election campaign. a blue state he says
he could turn red by appealing to working-class voters. and central to november, keeping the gop majority in the house and senate. trump once claimed marco rubio -- is now urging his former rival to run for senate again in florida. tomorrow trump will be back in the nation's capital. but instead of hobnobbing with the gop establishment, he'll be comparing hogs at rolling thunder where vets will be sizing up trump. >> he could say anything and it would sound great. i would just like to know what he really believes and i don't know that i will ever know. >> reporter: the 29th annual biker tour is about honoring veterans, not politicians. on tuesday donald trump will announce where the rest of the money he raised for veterans groups is going. this after reporters pressed him for proof that he handed out the $1 million he personally pledged. thomas. >> katy tur for us tonight in san diego. thanks. as the democrat side looks at bernie sanders, who is campaigning all weekend in california, you can see he is running very hard ahead of the state's primary a week from tuesday.
polls showing a very close race with hillary clinton there. and a win by sanders would give him a lifeline to carry his campaign all the way to the democratic convention in july. here is chris jansing with the latest. >> reporter: a determined bernie sanders -- >> as of today, we have now won primaries and caucuses in 20 states in this country. >> reporter: -- on a campaign marathon to try to win the california primary. >> if you don't win california will you drop out? >> well, let's not get into speculation. i think we are going to win california and i think we're going to do very well in the remaining states. >> reporter: sanders criss-crossing california with 15 events in the last seven days, an ambitious goal of getting facetime with 2,000 voters by election day. growing 10,000 in ventura, 7,200 in vista and 6,000 this morning in santa barbara on his 28th wedding anniversary. but what might have been the biggest draw of all, a proposed
debate against donald trump, now off. >> if you are in first place you don't want to debate a guy in second place. >> reporter: maybe after realizing the debate over the debate was giving hillary clinton cover, taking attention away from this week's inspect general report concluding she violated state department rules by using a private e-mail server. clinton beefing up her schedule with an eight-stop california swing this week as a latest poll shows a race now too close to call. and adding stops next week in new jersey, taking no chances in a state she's expected to win. but taking this weekend off in chappaqua. in california's wine country, sanders making a last stand against nearly insurmountable odds, but would he accept a vice presidential slot if offered? >> what happens the day after it appears i'm not going to become the nominee, that is subject for further discussion. >> reporter: it is subject for further discussion.
>> the whole process is subject for further discussion. >> reporter: but clearly bernie sanders isn't ready to settle for second place. in fact, he has already spent 20 days here in california this campaign season and a senior aide tells me he may spend every day here between now and june 7th. that would be pretty remarkable especially given that five other states vote that tuesday. gives new meaning to the phrase california or bust. thomas. >> chris, thank you. he will be among chuck todd's guests tomorrow morning on "meet the press.." in paris today, 11 children were injured when children were struck after seeking shelter under a tree. tonight a doctor said one child is on life support and three others who were seriously injured are out of immediate danger. a building near the scene was used as a makeshift treatment center before the injured were moved to hospitals. and in germany a lightning strike at a soccer field injured three men, one of them was the referee who suffered cardiac arrest and then
revived. the issue of gun safety, especially when it comes to protecting kids, is being highlighted after a case in detroit where officials are taking a tough stand when children are actually shot. as our justice correspondent pete williams reports, they are charging adults with serious crimes for failing to keep their guns properly stored. >> reporter: the facts are heartbreaking. while staying with her grandparents, 5-year-old maria davis of detroit shot herself in her head with a gun she found in her grandmother's bedroom. >> the gun was not locked and laying under a pillow. >> reporter: the grandparents, both 65, were charged this week with involuntary manslaughter. prosecutors say they failed in their duty to keep firearms out of young hands. >> often the guns are illegally owned and they are often unsecured and most of the time the children know where they are even if parents think they don't. >> reporter: outside of atlanta last month 3-year-old holston cole died after shooting himself in the chest prompting a
desperate 911 call from his father. >> stay with me. can you hear me? daddy loves you. holston, please. >> reporter: the county sheriff called it a freak accident and declined to bring charges. the centers for disease control said on average 65 children under 14 years old die each year in unintentional shootings but the gun control advocacy group every town for gun safety, said it is higher, 88 deaths just last year with 41 children shooting themselves and 47 shooting someone else, mostly another child. >> the age group that is most at risk of being involved in these incidents are 3-year-olds. barely old enough to know how to say the word gun, let alone know what it is or how to use it. >> reporter: police say most of the deaths could be prevented if the guns were properly stored or equipped with trigger locks. 14 states make it a crime to store firearms in a way that allows children to get access to them. >> prosecutors are now trying to create a greater deterrent effect. if parents are
prosecuted when their children get their hands on gun, maybe future parents will be more careful. >> reporter: about a third of america's children live in a home where there is a gun and it is at home where most of the accidental shootings happen which is where police say they are so preventible. pete williams, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, using drones to deliver life-saving medical supplies, saving time and lives in remote areas. and later, he's headed back to the nba finals once again. it is no wonder they call him king james.
the use of drones is exploding. we see them being used more and more in the worlds of business and entertainment and in the military. and now they are being deployed increasingly in efforts to save lives. gadi schwartz tonight on a california company doing just that. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: catapulting drones over a california cow field. this is zipline headquarters, a company launching drones to deliver emergency blood transfusions. >> all a health worker or doctor needs to be able to do is send a text message and let us know that someone is in trouble. >> reporter: keller ronaldo says across the world hundreds of thousands of people die because they can't get blood transfusions to rural clinics fast enough. >> the system is
designed, rain or shine, we can make a delivery independent of roads, washed out bridges or mountains or jungles. >> reporter: now the team is building a fleet of drones to fly over rwanda and the world's first national delivery drone network. hoping to make up to 150 blood and vaccine deliveries a day to hard to reach clinics within 30 minutes of a emergency request. >> and once it drops the package can fall within 20 feet of the intended target. and take a look inside here and you have enough medicine and enough blood to save someone's life. >> loading it is really simple. >> reporter: inside of his drone hanger -- >> they look like happy drones. >> a lot of people think about drones in a military context. and we're obviously trying to do the opposite. so if you hear one flying, you know help is on the way. >> it is like hearing an ambulance. >> reporter: other groups are using drones to help humanity. some to deliver vaccines and others to be used in disasters and rescues. >> i want people to think of these vehicles as guardians. >> new technology preparing for a future
small bedroom and designed to be an extra compartment. over the next week or so nasa will make sure there are no leaks before the astronauts venture inside. the room is a possible precursor to habitats on the moon and mars as well as orbiting totals. it is the sixth straight trip to the nba finals for lebron james but with two different teams as the cleveland cavaliers beat the toronto raptors last night 113-87 and james scored 33 pounds and 11 rebounds and six assists. james and the cavaliers will face either the oklahoma city thunder or golden state warriors in the nba finals. queen elizabeth isn't the only one turning 90 this year. so is the famed children's book character winnie-the-pooh. and to celebrate, there is a new book appropriately titled "winnie-the-pooh and the royal birthday." in the tale, pooh and his friends set out through london to give the queen a present and meet up with prince george who gets a red balloon. the story released
finally tonight, police business is getting a whole new meaning these days in one small town in michigan where the cops arrived on the scene just in the nick of time to save the day and keep a whole lot of people very happy. our kevin tibbles explains. >> reporter: this is the kind of police line-up people drive
for miles to join. here in clare, michigan, walking the beat means a quick stop at cops and donuts, a century old bakery saved by the nine members of the local con stab layer. >> our town's only donut shop was going to close and we couldn't let that happen. >> reporter: everybody knows cops love donuts, right? so what did they do? they bought the place. and so now visitors can take a bite out of a cop cake, a felony fritter or a night stake or a blue a goose named for a patrol car made by a fifth generation baker who has turned this joint into a must-see tourist destination. >> are we ready for donuts? >> reporter: in fact, they bring them in by the bus-load. >> welcome. >> what do you think about a bunch of cops opening up a donut shop? >> that is most unusual. >> what is the verdict? >> i love it. >> awesome. >> the great thing about cops and donuts is here repeat offenders are welcome. can i have another
fritter, please? and in small town america where so many store fronts are boarded up, thanks to cops and donuts, clare's downtown is booming once again. >> it wasn't just the donuts we were afraid of losing, it was the sense of community. >> if you want to know what's going on in town, this is the kind of place to be. >> it is a gathering place. >> reporter: visitors are interrogated or at least welcomed. some have their mugshots taken or peer out from behind bars. and there isn't a cop cliche that hasn't escaped the clever folks in the souvenir shop. don't glaze me, bro. these days to serve and protect just might mean something with sprinkles on top. kevin tibbles, nbc news, clare, michigan. >> the best advice is to find something you love and get paid for it. so there is word that cops and donuts has acquired a second bakery, this one in south bend, indiana. so by the end of the year, they hope to have four, all small-town bakeries that would have closed down. the start of perhaps a donut dynasty. that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm thomas roberts
reporting from new york. thank you for your time and for watching. good night. ==terry/vo== right now at six -- friends and family pleading for answers in we don't know what happened, if she's alive. >> right now at 6:00 friends and family pleading for answers in the search for a missing teen. tonight the effort to find her hits a new roadblock. good evening everyone. >> that teenager last seen last
wednesday bleeding and crying out for help. the man accused of abducteding her is dead after a shootout with police. >> searchers are been focusing their efforts on the town of jenner. family and friends not giving up hope this girl is going to be found alive. >> reporter: absolutely but i do have to tell you that sheriff's deputies say they have concluded their search today without finding pearl. family and friends did gather here again. they passed out flyers trying to find any information that can bring her home. a facebook post by the county sheriff's deputies says at this point there are no future searches planned for the area where more than 65 team members covered 6,500 square miles. they say